Telehealth software developer, Tactio Health Group, has teamed up with wearable technology developer, Garmin, to develop a telehealth solution specifically designed to monitor the daily health and well-being of seniors.

While the popularity of wearables have been continuously increasing and integrated into a number of corporate wellness and remote patient monitoring programmes, long term buy-in from seniors remains a challenge.

With patients 55 years and older increasingly owning smartphones, pilot projects targeting senior homes and chronically-ill patients helped Tactio identify success criteria to enable senior buy-in. This includes a one-year battery life and seamless connectivity to enable patients to forget they’re wearing a device; no third-party accounts or apps to simplify the programme; and a unified user experience to provide a single interface to connect devices, collect data, respond to questionnaires and engage with their provider.

Collaborating since 2014, these requirements brought engineers of Tactio and Garmin together to directly integrate vívofit 3 wearables with TactioRPM patient apps. This newly introduced solution allows health and wellness monitoring programmes to function with a single dedicated patient-facing telehealth application.

“We have users in their 70s, 80s and 90s helping us understand their issues with mHealth. Our relentless pursuit of a solution for them has generated this tight integration of the Garmin vívofit 3 into our patient apps making TactioRPM the best mobile solution for senior telehealth programmes”, said CEO of Tactio Health Group, Michel Nadeau.

“Working with Tactio is a tremendous opportunity for Garmin. The water resistance and battery life of our devices makes it a perfect fit for seniors which require the passive collection of data and streamlined sync process,” said Director of Garmin Health, Doug Jones.

The joint solution adds Garmin wearables to a growing list of Bluetooth-enabled devices, including blood pressure monitors, glucometers and pulse oximeters, which integrate with Tactio apps, enabling data collection without mandating third-party accounts.

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